An example of deploy is a platoon of Marines being sent out to battle.
- to spread out (troops, etc.) so as to form a wider front
- to station or place (forces, equipment, etc.) in accordance with a plan
- to spread out or bring into position, lit. or fig., for use, action, etc.
Origin of deployFrench déployer, to unfold, display from Old French desployer, to unfold from Classical Latin displicare, to scatter (in ML, to unfold): see display
verbde·ployed, de·ploy·ing, de·ploys
- a. To position (troops) in readiness for combat, as along a front or line.b. To bring (forces or material) into action.c. To base (a weapons system) in the field.
- To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.
- To put into use or action: “Samuel Beckett's friends suspected that he was a genius, yet no one knew … how his abilities would be deployed” ( Richard Ellmann )
Origin of deployFrench déployer from Old French despleier from Latin displicāre to scatter dis- dis- plicāre to fold ; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deploys, present participle deploying, simple past and past participle deployed)
- To prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use.
- "Deploy two units of infantry along the enemy's flank," the general ordered.
- (intransitive) To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
- He waited tensely for his parachute to deploy.
- (computing) to install, test and implement a computer system or application.
- The process for the deployment scenario includes: building a master installation of the operating system, creating its image and deploying the image onto a destination computer.
- (military, dated) deployment